May 24, 2016
Table of Contents
- Shingles (herpes zoster) facts
- What is shingles? What does shingles look like?
- What causes shingles?
- What are risk factors for shingles?
- What is the contagious period for shingles?
- What are shingles symptoms and signs?
- How do doctors diagnose shingles?
- What types of doctors treat shingles?
- What is the treatment for shingles?
- Are there any home remedies for shingles?
- What is the duration of a shingles outbreak?
- What are complications of shingles?
- What are complications of shingles? (Part 2)
- What are complications of shingles? (Part 3)
- What can be done for recurrent shingles?
- What is the prognosis of shingles?
- Is it possible to prevent shingles with a vaccine?
Shingles (herpes zoster) facts
- Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash.
- Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
- Older adults and individuals with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for developing shingles.
- Shingles symptoms and signs include
- one-sided stabbing pain,
- tingling, itching, burning, stinging sensation that precedes the appearance of the rash by a few days,
- fever and chills,
- body aches, and
- fluid-filled blistering red rash on the torso or face.
- Shingles is most often diagnosed by your doctor solely based on the appearance of the characteristic rash.
- Shingles can be treated with antiviral medication and pain medication.
- The prognosis for shingles is generally favorable, though some individuals can experience complications. The most common complication is postherpetic neuralgia, which is persistent nerve pain after the rash disappears.
- There is a vaccine available to help prevent shingles for certain individuals. Continue Reading
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